MDC offers dove banding opportunity at Reed Wildlife Area

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Lee's Summit, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering the public a chance to participate in research on mourning dove populations. Each summer, MDC employees trap doves and affix small identification bands. The doves are then released back into the wild. Band information returned by hunters and birders helps biologists monitor dove populations and the popular gamebird's migrations in Missouri and other states.

Biologists will trap and band doves at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area Monday through Friday, July 28 to Aug. 1. The trapping and banding sessions will be at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. each day.

Space is limited to six people per session. Participants must register in advance by calling 816-622-0900.

Rick Bredesen, Reed Area manager, said the sessions will give participants a chance to work closely with doves and see science-based wildlife management in action. The sessions will also be a chance to discuss ecology and wildlife topics such as bird migration and habitat.

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